I often joke with people that my spiritual gift is delegation. I like to tell people what to do and give them the power to do it. Delegation is an essential thing because unless you want to continue to do what you’re doing and be involved in every different aspect of your business, you’re going to have to learn how to delegate.
So, how do you empower your people?
Why people fail to delegate
I think those individuals that choose not to delegate fail in two ways.
The first way they fail is they lack the vision, and the second way is they have too much pride. The reason that someone might lack the vision for delegation is because everything seems important today. You don’t have the vision for what your company needs will look like ten years from now.
When people ask me what I do, which happens quite often, I almost always respond “as little as possible.” The reason for this is because I look at my businesses as opportunities, and they give others the opportunity to work. They can then build their own little businesses inside of my business. I don’t tell them what to do every step of the way; I want to give them the freedom to be able to do it themselves.
My own personal vision of
My vision for my companies is to have these companies where there’s opportunities for the employees and service for the customers without having me be part of the equation. You should always work your business so it looks attractive for someone else to buy. They won’t be interested in buying your business if you’re the main person involved and every decision runs through you. If you find yourself making most of the decisions for your company, you’re not delegating well.
Is this what you want your future to hold?
The next thing is to get rid of your pride. I know how difficult this is to do. You think that you’re the only one that can do it, that you’re the best person for the job, and in some cases, you may be. But look at it this way – do you really want to be doing this job ten years from now, or would you rather delegate it out? You could probably be more profitable if you were involved with everything, but your company would never grow. You’ll always be the one outside sweating and doing all the work.
Learning to let go
A friend recently reached out to me and said that he was learning about delegation and wanted to figure it out. We went to pick up some plants for an assignment, and I asked him why he was picking out the plans. He said that he wanted the plants to be just right, to be perfect. Once he found the perfect plants for the job, we drove over to the customer’s property. I asked him if we were just unloading the trailer or if we were going to set them up as well. He told me that we were just unloading the trailer and he was going to let his guy take care of it.
Once the plants were out, my friend couldn’t help himself. He had to go place the plans and turn them the right direction. Do you really want to be doing this the rest of your life? You’re not going to be able to sell the company if nobody else knows how to put the plants out. It doesn’t make any sense.
That’s why it’s important to get rid of your pride. You’ve got to step back and realize that there’s people out there that know how to do this job, and if they don’t, they can figure it out. You might not make as much money in the beginning, but once you start growing and expanding your businesses, the money will start flowing in. Once you get the vision, you’ll realize that you’ll make a lot more money once you start delegating tasks. And once you’ve got the vision and lost the pride, you can do what’s really important – preparing for your upcoming vacation.